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February 24, 2023

Emotional day as dozens of inmates graduate with GED, program certificates

FDC In the News

Staci Inez

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. — Dozens of inmates at the Wakulla Correctional Institution had their graduation ceremony Friday, with program certificates and GED's.

"There's no such thing as failure until you quit," said Corey Bowick. He was one of eight graduates to earn his GED Friday, while his mother and cousin came to support. "Overall, I'm blessed, and to share this experience with the people that I love most means everything."

Bowick's family drove from Pensacola to support him. He said he really wanted to make his mother proud after dropping out of high school. "I'm her only child, and I deprived her of having the experience of seeing me walk on stage in a cap and gown," said Bowick. "I owed it to her, and to myself too."

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